Buckaringa Gorge - SA



DEG: -32.11328 138.0377
DMS: 32º 06' 47.81" S 138º 02' 15.74" E
UTM: 54 H 6443165mN 220485mE
Altitude: 323.1m


Place Type

Geography - Gorge


316.58kms North of Adelaide - Driving 362 km (4 hours 55 mins)
893.91kms NorthWest of Melbourne - Driving 1089 km (12 hours 43 mins)

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Yarrah SA 5710
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Buckaringa is part of a folded sedimentary sequence of sandstones, siltstones and shales. While the sandstones are relatively resistant to erosion, both the siltstone and shales are weak and easily eroded. The sandstone fold structures form the present pattern of ridges and ranges. On Buckaringa the quartzite of the ABC Range forms a hogback ridge, with a steep cliff along its eastern side. Buckaringa and Middle Gorges are formed where streams have cut through the ridge at right angles to the strata, forming steep-sided gorges with numerous crevices, caves and fallen boulder piles.

The remainder of the Buckaringa Sanctuary consists of ridges and bedrock plains carrying shallow soils and rock debris, with deeper soils on the flatter alluvial areas away from the rock outcrops.

Little known of the flora and fauna of the Sanctuary, though 60 bird and four mammal species have been recorded. Management includes ongoing surveys, along with a program to map the vegetation communities. Birds include Wedge-tailed Eagles, Emus, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Peregrine Falcons, Sacred Kingfishers and Blue-winged Parrots. As well as the Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies, mammals include Western Grey and Red Kangaroos, and Euros. Buckaringa holds one of the largest colonies of the threatened Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby. The protection of this species is the main management objective of the Sanctuary and involves fox and goat eradication as well as the restoration of the natural flows of the water courses.

Buckaringa was a pastoral lease which was taken up in the 1880s, and used for sheep grazing and cereal cropping until 1990. It was acquired by Earth Sanctuaries as a wildlife reserve in the early 1990s, before being purchased by Australian Wildlife Conservancy in 2002.

Access: Drive from Quorn, through undulating farming country to the Buckaringa Scenic drive and Lookout, passing Buckaringa Sanctuary and Proby’s Grave. It is 4 km in to the Buckaringa Lookout car park. Take a short 100 metre walk to the lookout for panoramic views of the ranges.
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Hawker at 04/09:00am CDT
Distance from Buckaringa Gorge 45.25km NE
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Distance from Buckaringa Gorge 45.25km NE
Mean Max. °C34.333.430.125.520.016.415.917.821.725.729.331.8
Mean Min. °C18.018.014.911.
Mean Rain mm19.921.016.719.430.638.233.731.827.724.623.222.0

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